School Psychology Through Technology: Reimagining the Role of School Psychologists After COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly transformed the K-12 education system overnight as schools at best quickly adapted to online learning platforms, and at worst did not have the necessary resources and technology for an immediate transition, leaving students in limbo before classes and services resumed. The return to school in the fall, whether online or in-person, holds uncertainty, coupled with the mental health implications of the pandemic on students. School psychologists with their unique roles in schools as supports to students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs, are well-suited to contribute to multiple aspects of the transition back to school in the fall. During this process, by reimagining K-12 schools with technology, school psychologists have an opportunity to improve services and supports for students. This short presentation will explore existing literature on how technology supports the work of school psychologists, as well as incorporate personal experiences of providing school psychological services via telehealth. The presentation will also explore future directions by expanding on our own experiences and lessons from teaching college students during the pandemic to be adapted for K-12 populations.